The race for the Channel League men’s football title was over the edge, and San Marcos edged out Santa Barbara High for their first championship since 2002.
Cason Goodman scored 15 goals for Santa Barbara High. (Noozhawk file photo)
Caden Vom Steeg’s exceptional play helped San Marcos claim the league title. (Noozhawk file photo)
Both teams had so many outstanding players that it was difficult to select one as an attacking MVP. As a result, San Marcos senior midfielder Caden Vom Steeg and Santa Barbara forward Cason Goodman shared the offensive MVP award.
Vom Steeg’s knack for finding open teammates – often his twin brother, Jared – made him dangerous every time he touched the ball.
Cason Goodman has been an excellent goalscorer, scoring the league’s top 15 goals this season.
Santa Barbara junior Luke Goodman has been named defensive MVP. (Noozhawk file photo)
The defensive MVP was Dons junior center-back Luke Goodman, Cason’s twin brother.
San Marcos and Santa Barbara each put three players in the first team of all leagues. The Royals selected are junior Sergio Diaz and seniors Jared Vom Steeg and JC Orgaz.
The winners of Santa Barbara are the juniors Rockwood Foster and Sebastian Alvarez and the senior Miguel Alvarado.
The Dos Pueblos players of the first team are the seniors Sébastien Dupont and the juniors Joshua Guevara Tahuite. Santa Ynez also placed two players, senior Erik Guerrero and junior Grant Fieldhouse.
Senior Gerardo Mendoza de Cabrillo and rookie James Villanueva de Lompoc round out the squad.
The second team includes four San Marcos players: sophomores Justin Hess and Leo Olivo, junior Juan Escobar and senior Yahir Vasquez.
From Santa Barbara, juniors Erick Hernandez and Barrett Goodman, the team’s third brother, and senior Luisangel Jeromino were the second team picks.
Dos Pueblos also had three caps: senior Kylan Johnson and juniors Frederick Jones and Max Early.
Seniors Cason Gann and Jack Stevens of Santa Ynez, juniors Bennett Richards and rookie Jesus Aguiniga of Cabrillo and Erick Jimenez of Lompoc complete the second team.
Honorable mention players are San Marcos Seniors Ulyses Velez, Sam Friedman and Cade McLean.
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